December 22, 2010 in Travel (E)
[prMac.com] Traverse City, Michigan - If you're planning a trip to northwest Michigan, a new free iPhone app from Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas will bring the best of the region to the palm of your hand. The Traverse Traveler iPhone app is a handy mobile guide for the Traverse area visitor. The creative design features local restaurants, lodging, wineries, attractions, shopping, events, services and more.
Today's smart phone user is accustomed to finding everything they need right there in the app store. Traverse Traveler features the best destinations in the Traverse City region, in a convenient interactive resource. Before arrival, visitors can use Traverse Traveler to:
* Research local hotels, pinpoint their location on Google maps
* Call to book a reservation for hotels or restaurants
* Plan a wine tour that includes a nearby restaurant stop for lunch, lighthouse visit or trip to a museum
* Find the quickest route from the hotel to the ski lodge, with point-by-point directions;
* Discover local events and buy tickets before leaving home.
There are thousands of apps out there, many of which promote restaurants, movie theaters or general information about an area. So what makes Traverse Traveler unique?
Descriptions include information many other apps leave out such as photos, hours, admission price or specials.
Listings are ordered by proximity to the iPhone user. So if you're hanging out on Leelanau County, the listings nearest to you come up first. This is helpful for finding a hotel for the night, or the closest bar.
Maps and directions make it easy to navigate from one location to the next. Hop from Black Star Farms Winery to Bel Lago Vineyard without getting lost along the way. Social sharing from the app means you can post to Facebook or Twitter, or email info to your friends without leaving the app.
Events are organized by date to let you know what's going on while you're in town. 'Near Me' feature pinpoints the 25 listings closest to the iPhone user, from within all categories.
The Traverse Traveler iPhone app was produced by Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas, a 10-year-old Traverse City marketing service with "little card displays" in over 70 locations throughout Grand Traverse, Benzie and Leelanau County. The displays promote area restaurants and attractions, with pocket-sized folding cards that visitors pick-up at hotel front desks. Owner Brandy Wheeler explains, "The number one reason our little cards are so popular among visitors is their size. Travelers love them because they fit in their pocket or purse...right next to their phone. The iPhone app is a natural extension of our services. As a small business owner I work hard to keep up with technology and the needs of my customers. The app is a great way to do just that."
The recent release of Traverse Traveler arrived just in time for holiday vacationers to download and explore before visiting northern Michigan during the Christmas break. Traverse City is a year-round Pure Michigan destination. Millions of travelers flock to this area each year drawn to the beauty of its natural resources, and the character of each community. From distinctive restaurants and award-winning wineries, to family-friendly activities and day trips, each destination offers an authentic glimpse into the local lifestyle.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later
* 2.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Traverse Traveler 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. For more information on Traverse Traveler, or to add a business listing to the app, visit Traverse Traveler online. The app is being promoted by Westwind Communications iPhone App Publicity.
Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas(R) mission is to provide Traverse area visitors with useful information and directions to local restaurants and attractions, in a colorful, convenient and portable way. Launched by Brandy Wheeler in 2001, Mealtickets has distributed over 1.2 million cards to area visitors. For more information on their advertising services visit the company web site. Copyright (C) 2010 Mealtickets & Unusual Ideas. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.